College of Nursing Alumni Society Awards

We invite you to nominate a colleague for one of these awards to be presented at The Ohio State University College of Nursing recognition ceremony during Homecoming weekend in the fall.

  • Nomination period is open May 14 to July 14.
  • Current members of the Alumni Society Board of Governors are not eligible for these awards. Previous recipients are not eligible for the same award.
  • Nominations can be completed online at starting May 14.

Supporting documentation should be attached to the nomination form and includes:

  • Nominating statement limited to three, single spaced pages.
  • Letters of support, limited to three.
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume.

College of Nursing Alumni Award

The College of Nursing Alumni Award is presented to a College of Nursing Alumni Society Board member who has demonstrated a sustained leadership role that is exemplified by exceptional leadership, regular participation, and encouragement of new ideas to meet the goals of the organization.

Current Award Recipient
Peggy AglePeggy Agle, RN

Peggy is very dedicated to Ohio State, and especially the College of Nursing. She is a tireless Alumni Society board member who is always the first to sign up for any activity the society sponsors. Although Peggy is a nurse manager of a busy pain management practice, mom and grandmother, she participates 100% with all events for the Alumni Society and the College of Nursing. She does everything with a smile and a can-do attitude. She is the chair of the Membership Committee and has executed and managed the jewelry and t-shirt sales over the last few years. The Nursing Alumni Society is grateful for her.

Past Award Recipients
2020 Peggy Agle

Distinguished Alumna/us Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an Ohio State College of Nursing graduate in recognition of and appreciation for exceptional achievement over their career. The recipient of this award exemplifies the mission and vision of the College of Nursing while providing inspiration for current students, faculty and alumni. Professional areas for consideration include one or more of the following: practice excellence, education, administration, professional writing, evidence-based practice, research or public service.

Current Award Recipient
Judy RessallatJudy Ressallat, MS
’61, MS ’63

A two-time graduate of the College of Nursing, Judy’s impact on healthcare can be seen at a national level. She served as a legislative committee director for the National Association of School Health Nurses, pioneering the first office in Washington, D.C. Internationally, Judy served as a delegation leader for the U.S. People to People Program in South Africa, developing school health programs for the country. Judy was a clinical course instructor in public health nursing at the Ohio State College of Nursing and was a school health nurse director with Galion Public and Bexley City Schools.

Past Award Recipients
1984 Patricia Sloan
1985 Mary Silva
1986 Mary Donohue
1987 Ella Kick
1988 Lois Johns

Marie Collart
Constance Collins
Elaine Glass
Ada Lindsey
Mary MacVicar
Kathryn Peppe
Mary Perley
Dorothea Rye
Betty Schmoll
Ethelrine Shaw-Nickerson
1990 Ellen Rudy
Deborah Coleman
Carol Jenkins
2000 Elizabeth Pitorak
2001 Kitty Kisker
2002 Beverly Hampton
2003 Kristine Campbell
2004 Lillian Bernhagen
2005 Suzanne DeWoody

Jeffrey Jones
Joan Wessman
Clarann Weinert
2009 Kathryn Peppe
2010 Mary Ann Wilcox
2011 Phyllis Kaldor
2012 Danette Birkhimer
2013 Kathleen Lux
2014 100 Alumni Transformers
2015 Adele Webb
2016 Pamela Greene
2017 Cynthia Moore-Hardy
2018 Linda Amos
2019 Eric A. Yap
2020 Judy Ressallat

Distinguished Recent Alumna/us Award

The Distinguished Recent Alumni Award is given to an Ohio State University (OSU) College of Nursing alumnus who has graduated within the past 10 years. This Award is in honor and appreciation of accomplishments that exemplify outstanding early career achievement in at least one of the following areas of Nursing: practice excellence, education, administration, evidence-based practice, research or commendable public service.

Current Award Recipient
Calli CookCalli Cook, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP
DNP ’19

The depth of Calli’s accomplishments exemplify outstanding early career achievement in nursing practice excellence and clinical education. Her leadership qualities, demonstrated through her acceptance as an inductee to the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, chair of the Consortium of Neurology Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) and co-chair of the neurology specialty practice group within the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, have distinguished her among alumni peers. Calli’s greatest contribution to advancing clinical practice for the delivery of neurological care is the development of a free, widely accessible toolkit. Calli led the creation of this toolkit in her role as chair of the Consortium of Neurology APPs. In addition to Calli’s contributions to neurology practice, she has also worked to improve neurology education for nurse practitioners through her participation on multiple committees within national organizations. Her involvement in improving the quality of healthcare has propelled her to become a national leader in how APPs can improve quality within large healthcare organizations.

Past Award Recipients
2003 Jon Mickle
2004 Robin Rosselet
2005 Angie Overholt
2006 Theresa Skybo
2008 Andrew Betz
2009 Jodi McDaniel
2010 Jill Kilanowski
2011 Christopher Tod Brindle
2012 Pattama Ulrich
2013 Carrie Keib
2015 Denise Minor
2016 Sarah Meyer
2017 Stephen Roller
2018 Rebecca Taylor
2019 Tim Raderstorf
2020 Calli Cook

Community Service Award

The Community Service Award is presented to an Ohio State College of Nursing graduate in honor of the significant contributions of time, actions, talents and dedication made to improve the health of the community (local, regional, national or global). The Awardee promotes the health of the community through sustained professional and/or volunteer work. The recipient serves as a model for compassion and service to others.

Current Award Recipient
Karen LaneKaren Lane, MA, RN
’69, MA ’75

Karen exemplifies the essence of this award by demonstrating compassion and service as an educator, consultant and leader in healthcare. During her tenure at the Ohio Department of Health, Karen was promoted to chief nurse in the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps. Over her 22 years in this role, Karen was instrumental in the development of several major programs and policies. Karen became actively involved in the College of Nursing Alumni Society, serving on the Board of Governors from 2004-2007. After retiring from the Ohio Department of Health, Karen served in several community service roles, including the Grant Hospital Women’s Service Board, the Riverside Methodist Hospital Cancer Services Board and as a long-time volunteer with Kobacker House and Synterro Counseling. She’s used her nursing degree to promote the health of the community to create new programs that have improved the healthcare of children.

Past Award Recipients
2003 Margaret Flowers
2004 Jessie Pergrin
2005 Elsie Williams-Wilson
2006 Saundra Theis
2008 Debbie Cannon Freece
2009 Carol Baker
2010 Carol Prince
2011 Kitty Kisker
2015 John Welch
2016 Kristine Weiss Adams
2017 Janet Hussong
2018 Ann Marie Stalter-Justice
2019 Amy M. Provenzano
2020 Karen Lane

Mildred E. Newton Distinguished Educator Award

The Mildred E. Newton Distinguished Educator Award honors an Ohio State College of Nursing graduate who has served, or is currently serving, as an educator or dean of a nationally accredited college/school of nursing. The Awardee’s personal integrity, leadership, commitment to nursing education and advancement of nursing science has contributed significantly to the advancement of the nursing profession and the preparation of the next generation of nurses. The following exemplars will be considered: teaching, evidence-based practice, research, publication, leadership in the professional communities at the state, national or global levels, or public service.

Current Award Recipient
Janet FultonJanet S. Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BS, ANEF, FCNS, FAAN
PhD ’90

Janet is nationally and internationally known for her expertise in developing evidence-based nursing curricula for the development of the next generation of clinicians, scientists and researchers. She is a professor and associate dean for graduate programs at the Indiana University School of Nursing and is the editor for Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice. In her tenure, Janet redesigned the adult health clinical nurse specialist curriculum and created the first distance accessible advanced practice program at Indiana. She has co-edited and authored many publications for CNS education, including Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice, Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New CNS, So You Want to Be an Oncology CNS and Clinical Nurse Specialists Role and Practice: International Perspective. Janet is in a position to shape CNS practice globally. She has been a strong advocate for the CNS role and has worked tirelessly to support state and national legislation that allows advanced practice nurses to work at the top of their license, with successful outcomes in many states.

Past Award Recipients
2003 Ada Lindsey
2004 Marilyn Sommers
2005 Zaiga Kalnins
2006 Marilyn Rothert
2010 Davina Gosnell
2011 Karen Ahijevych
2012 Edna Menke
2013 Barbara Warren
2015 Jeri Milstead
2016 Susan Frazier
2017 Colleen Keller
2018 Betsy Frank
2019 Charold Lee Baer
2020 Janet S. Fulton